Central Library

Location -
801 S.W. 10th Ave. , Portland, OR 97205
Neighborhood - Downtown

Categories - Attractions, Family Fun

Features - Family Friendly, Near a MAX stop, Near Portland Streetcar

Built in 1913, Portland’s Central Library is the oldest public library on the West Coast. It boasts more than 17 miles of bookshelves and terrific artwork, much of which reflects a “Garden of Knowledge” theme. Highlights include the ornately decorated stairs and a 14-foot cast-bronze tree in the children’s room. The tree’s bark is a sculptural relief of images that intrigue children: vines, musical instruments, toys, ballet slippers, animals, storybook characters and letters.

Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Thursday–Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday noon–5 p.m.